Ray Wilkins has not surprisingly rated Manchester City’s 6-0 away demolition of Watford as his performance of the weekend.

Giving grades for each team, the Sky Sports pundit gives Man City an A+.

After that though, Ray Wilkins sees nobody else having played better than Newcastle United, awarding Rafa’s players an A grade. The former England player also giving the likes of Man Utd and Bournemouth the same grade after their wins.

Wilkins says that ‘To win three games on the spin in the Premier League is no mean feat’ and that run of results has lifted Newcastle into fourth position.

Talking about the winning goal, he says that Jamaal Lascelles won’t ‘get that freedom again’ but that is two matches in a row where the set-piece work on the training ground has produced Newcastle’s winning goal via the captain.

Key to Newcastle’s chances this season, Ray Wilkins talks about ‘St James Park rocking again’ on the back of the wins and says this will help to ‘raise the level of the players’.

The feel good factor is certainly in evidence and let’s hope the players can continue to ride that buoyant mood in the coming weeks.

Really great to see in the games so far that when the players are doing their stuff, the whole of St James Park is then producing such a reaction.

Ray Wilkins grades each Premier League club’s performance at weekend:

(A+) Man City

(A) Newcastle United, Man Utd, Bournemouth, Arsenal, Burnley

(A-) Southampton

(B+) Swansea, West Ham

(B) West Brom, Huddersfield, Leicester, Brighton

(B-) Liverpool

(C) Stoke, Tottenham, Chelsea

(C-) Crystal Palace, Everton

(D) Watford

Ray Wilkins talking to Sky Sports about Newcastle and their win over Stoke:

“To win three games on the spin in the Premier League is no mean feat.

“The game at Swansea last week was probably one of the worst games I’ve seen for a long time but nevertheless, they got the three points through Jamaal Lascelles’ header and he scored exactly the same header against Stoke.

“He won’t get that freedom again next time he plays but the wins have got St James’ Park rocking again.

“The atmosphere, I believe, was incredible at Newcastle on Saturday and once that place is rocking it will raise the level of the players.

“It was a fantastic win for Rafael Benitez and his side, and they had the chances to make it even more comprehensive.”

Ray Wilkins talking to Sky Sports about Stoke City and their defeat to Newcastle:

“Stoke have better players than their current position in the league states.

“It could have been different for Mark Hughes’ side on Saturday because they missed a couple of brilliant chances right at the death to get themselves back in it.

“To be perfectly honest, I didn’t fancy them to lose at St James’ Park so it’s a C.”

  • Burt Humperdink

    Good old Butch, what a player he was, not many like him in the modern game.

    • Georgia Peter

      Just like all the rest…He’s changed his tune from a couple of weeks ago…!

      • Geordiegiants

        Like most on here.

    • Albert Stubbins

      He never mad a forward pass? The crab- yes he was canny but howay- if he’d written something negative would it have been – that useless little t*** wilkins- what a hopeless player he was? By his own admission he was a poor tackler- yes he did the simple things but he was no Pedro thats for certain.

  • Steve Pearce

    Zonal marking contributed to Captain Fantastic’s two goals and Mark Hughes’s total inability to comprehend that he was just setting up an identical goal. Rafa drills his team relentlessly and that is why we are fourth as all the lads enjoy playing for him, Still its nice to be recognised by an old pro and bring on Manure!

    • Jimblag23

      Whilst I admire Jamaals openness. Drawing attention to the fact he feels he’s benefiting from zonal marking isn’t really the best idea.
      Teams that mark zonally will put a man on him now.

      • Steve Pearce

        Yes – but then they’ve got to change their whole playing system which is probably what Rafa wants. They’ll put a man on him who would normally be marking one of our strikers or midfielders. Yet another example of Rafa’s tactical genius!

  • GToon

    Am I missing something about Stoke? I find it amazing the number of people who thought they would beat us. Who is in this great team of theirs exactly? The keeper is decent. The tubby little scorer is ok and then who? Joe Allen is decent and that giant they brought on is a handful but that’s just four players. The rest are bang average at best. The only surprise for me was the score wasn’t more emphatic. Beating a team they always do well against (Arsenal) at home and battling to a draw at home to Man U isn’t amazing form in my book.

    • Geordiegiants

      I would like to think we could get 4 points from those 2 games.